Tuesday, September 20, 2005

FACTS AND FIGURES

The following facts and figures are taken from the 2nd PHILIPPINES PROGRESS REPORT ON THE MDG (June 2005)

>The DOH anchored its program on four major principles: responsible parenthood, respect for life, birth spacing and informed choice.

>Despite the adequate food supply, many Filipinos continue to grapple with food insecurity.

>It is estimated that only 5% of coral reefs are in excellent condition while mangroves have declined by as much as 57% in the last 23 years.

>Enrolment in public and private elementary schools reached 13 million in SY 2003-2004.

>Women's participation in governance improved with a greater number of women being elected in LGUs and appointed to the Cabinet, Career Executive Service positions, embassies and consulates, and the judiciary.

>Epidemiologists and experts estimate that the actual number of HIV cases is around 10,000.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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malakwadrado ang hugis ko
5.50(?) sa abot ng ala-ala ni Dindo
may variety
may name-recall
nagpapalaganap ng indibidwalismo, di umano.
ano ako? ________


3200
9000 dati--sa aking ala-ala
2010, malamang wala na
ano ako? ________


ako'y ako
simula ng tagumpay
katapusan ng galit
ano ako? _______







Sunday, September 11, 2005

Pulitika

PANUTO: Sagutin ang mga sumusunod na katanungan at pangatwiranan ang sagot.

-Ano ang maaaring asahan ng mamamayan mula sa panukalang 1.053 trilyong pisong badget para sa taong 2006?
-Ano ang opinyon mo sa debt-for-equity na nilalakad ni JDV upang maibsan ang matinding pagkakabaon ng Pilipinas sa pagkakautang (debt trap)?
-Sagot ba ang pagbubuo ng Republic of Mindanao na hiwalay sa estado ng Pilipinas sa problema ng rebelyon at kahirapan sa katimugan ng bansa?
-Sagot ba ang pagbabasura sa Oil Deregulation Law sa walang tigil na pagtaas ng presyo ng mga produktong petrolyo sa bansa?
-Sumasang-ayon ka ba sa pananaw ni Akbayan Party-list Rep. Rosales na ang mayroon tayo sa bansa ay ‘politics of trade-off and pay-off’?
-Kung gagawing pamantayan ang kakayahan at katapatan sa panunungkulan, ano ang hatol mo sa kasaluluyang economic team ni PGMA (Teves, Favila, Neri, Santos, etc.)?
-Ano ang naging impluwensya ng mga isinagawa at isinapublikong sarbey ng SWS, Pulse Asia at Ibon sa kinalabasan ng pagdinig sa Mababang Kapulungan ukol sa impeachment?
-Basahin ang artikulo ukol kay Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ng Davao na pinamagatang The Punisher na inilathala ng Time magazine noong ika-1 ng Hulyo 2002. Ano ang imaheng nabuo sa iyong isipan ukol sa kanyang paraan ng pamumuno (style of leadership)? Sang-ayon ka ba dito?
-May maiaambag ba ang RVAT, RATE, RATS at RIPS ng pamahalaan sa pagbibigay solusyon sa budget deficit na matagal nang problema ng bansa.
-Para kay PGMA, ang 158-51 na naging resulta ng botohan sa Kamara de Representante ukol sa Justice Committee Report 1012 ay isang ‘grand display of political maturity’. Sumasang-ayon ka ba rito?
-Ayon kay Prof. Randy S. David, bakit maaaring ituring na ‘beneficial lie’ ang pagkapanalo ni GMA noong eleksyong 2004?
-Ano ang opinyon mo sa kontrobersyal na pagpapalit-palit ng desisyon ng Korte Suprema ukol sa pagiging konstitusyunal ng Mining Act of 1995 at ng Reformed Value Added Tax Law?
-Natutugunan ba ng BEAT THE ODDs (10-point agenda) ng administrasyon ni PGMA ang malawakang kahirapan sa bansa?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

x vs y


Politics of Conspiracy
vs.
Politics of Antagonism

(the devil and the deep blue sea?)

"A president, who has a firm hold on the majority in Congress, can commit any crime
without fear of losing his position. Conversely, a president that doesn’t have a majority can be removed for the flimsiest of reasons."
(Inquirer Editorial-8 Sept 2005).

beneficial lie

GMA AS PREXY: A Beneficial Lie?

GMA reiterated in countless occasions that she won the presidential bid ‘fair and square’. Her spindoctors would even confirm it but her critics argue that the Garci tapes (and other set of compelling evidences) would actually prove otherwise.

With that, a crisis of legitimacy is still hanging over her head—(despite the premeditated murder of the impeachment)

"Ms. Arroyo’s victory in 2004 maybe a lie, but to those who believed that an FPJ presidency would have been disastrous, it could only be a beneficial lie."—Prof. Randy David

partisanship

Partisanship over Accountability

Fact: The entire impeachment process is rigged with political partisanship and conspiracy.

What’s new? We witnessed this during the Erap impeachment!

Fr. Joaquin Bernas even pointed out that the impeachment process is 95% politics and 5% law.

Fact: Outside the lower House, it’s as intense!

In fact, The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) exposed that there are quite a number of appointments by gma to benefit the families of known anti-impeachment personalities—an obvious this-for-that arrangement.

This is political accommodation at its best—an outright sell-out by any measure!

DS 127 PRIMER (TOPICS OF CHOICE)

TOPICS OF CHOICE:
-WATER RESOURCES, HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (SD)
-ECO-TOURISM, GLOBALIZATION AND SD
-TECHNOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND SD
-ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SD
-ECOFEMINISM, ADVOCACY AND SD
-ECOLOGY, POLITICS AND SD
-ENERGY, ECONOMICS AND SD
-GOVERNANCE, GLOBALIZATION AND SD
-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM, SOCIAL EQUITY AND SD
-ECOLOGY, CULTURE AND SD

'hands-on' president?

‘HANDS-ON’ PRESIDENT

There’s a suspicion that she’s dangling the road user’s tax to woo congressmen
to put closure to the impeachment case against her once and for all.

This puts to question two very important things:
>the independence of Congress
>the separation of powers of the co-equal branches of the government.

PREMISE: the Opposition suspects that GMA has a direct hand in the impeachment process.

CONCLUSION: She’s really a ‘hands-on’ president.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Politics 101

POLITICS 101
COURSE DESCRIPTION: SUPPRESSION OF THE TRUTH

IN LIGHT OF THE ON-GOING HEARING IN THE
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE…
THE ADMINISTRATION SOLONS DESPERATELY RESORT TO
-DELAYING TACTICS
-PROCEDURAL TECHNICALITIES
-MUDSLINGING (ARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM)
-POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING AND ‘HEROICS’
-THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY (TYRANNY OF NUMBERS AS
COLUMNIST NEIL H. CRUZ REFERS TO IT)

Opposition’s Game Plan

Opposition’s Game Plan

Initially, the opposition went to the streets to oust GMA.
(but GMA said that she won’t resign)

Then, they fought it out in the legal battleground through congressional hearings.
(and much to the dismay of the public, it turned out to be purely rhetorics, dramtics and heroics)

Now that the 3 impeachment complaints have been put to an end, they are back to the streets. (but will this rattle GMA this time?)

If GMA won’t step down, expect another set of impeachment complaints as early as June 26 next year.

And the cycle goes on…

CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY AT ITS WORST?

IN BOTH HOUSES, THE PEDDLING OF LIES TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER HAS TURNED OUT TO BE CUSTOMARY NOWADAYS.

AS WITNESSES SURFACE ONE AFTER THE OTHER, DEMOLITION JOB TO DISCREDIT THEIR CREDIBILITY FOLLOWS— ALMOST BY DEFAULT.

THIS CYCLE CONTINUES…

IT’S A WIN-WIN FOR BOTH PARTIES…

THE BAD POLITICIAN SAVES HIS IMAGE
(OR AT LEAST GIVES HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT)
WHILE THE PAID WITNESSES GET RICHER WITH THE FILIPINO PEOPLE AT THE LOSING END

AS SUCH, THE TERM DIRTY POLITICS HAS TURNED OUT TO BE A REDUNDANCY.